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Over 7,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Niger

– Advertisement – Some 7,600 Nigerian refugees have reportedly fled to Niger since January this year. The United Nations which made the revelation said the violence in north-western Nigeria has caused its citizens to flee into neighbouring Niger, where violence is also on the rise. The UN refugee agency UNHCR attributed the development to the fear of armed groups and communal clashes in Nigeria. “Most of the refugees are women and children, displaced following recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state,” spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said. The UNHCR said people fleeing are in urgent need of…

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Over 7,000 Nigerian refugees flee to Niger

– Advertisement – Some 7,600 Nigerian refugees have reportedly fled to Niger since January this year. The United Nations which made the revelation said the violence in north-western Nigeria has caused its citizens to flee into neighbouring Niger, where violence is also on the rise. The UN refugee agency UNHCR attributed the development to the fear of armed groups and communal clashes in Nigeria. “Most of the refugees are women and children, displaced following recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state,” spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov said. The UNHCR said people fleeing are in urgent need of…

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Niger: Protests erupt after Bazoum wins presidential run-off vote

– Advertisement – Protests have erupted in Niger with reports of clashes between protesters and police in parts of the capital, Niamey. The clashes erupted before and after the announcement of Mohamed Bazoum as winner of the presidential run-off. Angry supporters of his challenger Mahamane Ousmane have been protesting in opposition strongholds. Protesters have burnt tyres and a campaign vehicle belonging to the ruling PND party have been destroyed. Sunday’s presidential run-off vote was to help citizens choose a new leader towards first democratic transfer of power. – Advertisement –…

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Niger prepares to hold presidential run off vote on Sunday

– Advertisement – Niger will hold a presidential run-off vote on Sunday as citizens choose a new leader towards first democratic transfer of power. Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou announced his decision to step down after two five-year terms. His decision has been hailed by many and considered significant in promoting democracy in the West African nation. Issoufou has said “Handing over power in 2021 to a democratically elected successor… will be my greatest achievement.” Sunday’s run-off election is between the outgoing president’s favourite, Mohamed Bazoum or Mahamane Ousmane and who…

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Niger: Death toll from jihadist attacks rises to 100

– Advertisement – Some 100 people have now been confirmed dead from the suspected jihadist attacks on two villages in Niger. According to the Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye – both near Niger’s border with Mali. Analysts say this was one of the deadliest attacks recorded in the country which is grappling with ethnic violence and Islamic militancy. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to local mayor Almou Hassane, those responsible travelled on about 100…

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Niger’s ex-President Mamadou Tandja dies at 82

– Advertisement – Former President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja, has died at the age of 82, the government has said. Tandja was president from 1999 till 2010 when he was overthrown in a coup while trying to stay in power beyond a two-term limit. Shortly after leaving office, he was accused of corruption and jailed but was released a year later after charges against him were dropped. Tandja’s death was announced in statement read on national television. The government has declared three days of national mourning. Current President Issoufou Mahamadou…

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